Kim Richey

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Kim Richey
Background information
Born (1956-12-01) December 1, 1956 (age 67)
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
GenresCountry, folk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsMercury Nashville, Lost Highway, Vanguard, Lojinx, Yep Roc

Kimberly Richey (born December 1, 1956) is an American singer and songwriter.


Kim Richey came onto the music scene in the 1990s and entered her first recording contract at the age of 37.[1][2] Kim signed with Mercury Nashville. She spent the next few years promoting her albums and touring with the likes of Wynonna Judd.


Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood ("Believe Me Baby (I Lied)"), Radney Foster ("Nobody Wins"), and Brooks & Dunn ("Every River").[1][3]


Her May 1995 self-titled debut album was produced by Richard Bennett. It contained the singles "Just My Luck" and "Those Words We Said."[4]

Her follow-up album, Bitter Sweet, was produced by Angelo and released in 1997. It contained the single "I Know".[5]

Glimmer was released in 1999. Produced by Hugh Padgham (XTC), the album also features guitarist Dominic Miller (Sting).[3][6]

Rise was released in 2002 and was produced by Bill Bottrell.[7][8]

Her 2007 album Chinese Boxes was recorded in London and produced by Giles Martin.[2][9]

Wreck Your Wheels was released in 2010. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard in his studio.[10]

Released in 2013, Thorn in My Heart was again produced by Neilson Hubbard and features guest vocals from Trisha Yearwood.[11] A limited edition version of the album was released in 2014 as Thorn in My Heart: The Work Tapes with only Richey on guitar and vocals.[12]

Edgeland was released March 30, 2018, and produced by Brad Jones. Edgeland includes three different tracking bands of Nashville’s roots players. Like Thorn in My Heart, Edgeland was released on Yep Roc Records.[13]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Folk
Kim Richey 72
Bitter Sweet 53
The Collection
Chinese Boxes
Wreck Your Wheels
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Thirty Tigers US, Lojinx (Europe)
Thorn in My Heart 55 26 20
A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • 2007: Little Record (Vanguard) - promo EP containing non-album acoustic versions of "Chinese Boxes", "Drift", "Straight as the Crow Flies", "Mexico" and "A Place Called Home"


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
CAN Country
1995 "Just My Luck" 47 36 Kim Richey
"Those Words We Said" 59 50
1996 "From Where I Stand" 66
1997 "I Know" 72 71 Bitter Sweet
1999 "Come Around" 13 64 Glimmer
2000 "The Way It Never Was"
2002 "The Circus Song (Can't Let Go)" Rise
2007 "Jack and Jill" Chinese Boxes
2013 "Come On"[18] Thorn in My Heart
2018 "Whistle on Occasion"
(featuring Chuck Prophet)[19]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1995 "Just My Luck" Dani Jacobs
"Those Words We Said" Pamela Springsteen
1997 "I Know" Luke Scott
2000 "The Way It Never Was" Jude Weng
2007 "Jack and Jill" Stephanie B. Keane

Contributed vocals[edit]

Songwriting collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Collaborator
1992 Radney Foster "Nobody Wins" Del Rio, TX 1959 Radney Foster
1993 Dixie Chicks "Desire" Shouldn't a Told You That Steve Kolander
1994 Steve Kolander "Can't Undo What's Been Done" Steve Kolander
1995 George Ducas "In No Time at All" George Ducas George Ducas
Radney Foster "If It Were Me" Labor of Love Radney Foster
Trisha Yearwood "Those Words We Said" Thinkin' About You Angelo
"Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" Everybody Knows Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1997 Patty Loveless "That's Exactly What I Mean" Long Stretch of Lonesome Tia Sillers
Mindy McCready "You'll Never Know" If I Don't Stay the Night Angelo
1998 Suzy Bogguss "From Where I Stand" Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt Tia Sillers
Terri Clark "I'm Alright" How I Feel Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1999 Jim Lauderdale "It's Just Like You" Onward Through It All Jim Lauderdale
Mindy McCready "Lucky Me" I'm Not So Tough Tommy Lee James & Jennifer Kimball
Lorrie Morgan "Here I Go Again" My Heart (sole writer)
2000 Terri Clark "Last Thing I Wanted" Fearless Mary Chapin Carpenter
Trisha Yearwood "Where Are You Now" Real Live Woman
2001 Brooks & Dunn "Every River" Steers & Stripes Angelo & Tom Littlefield
Cyndi Thomson "I'm Gone" My World Chuck Prophet
2007 The Greencards "I Don't Want to Lose You" Viridian Mike Henderson
"Travel On"


  1. ^ a b Staff writer (April 17, 2013). "Kim Richey On Mountain Stage". NPR. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Staff writer (November 22, 2007). "At Home in Nashville with Kim Richey". NPR. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dye, David (July 17, 2007). "Kim Richey: Sweetly Alluring, Folk-Friendly Country". NPR. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kim Richey - Self-Titled". No Depression. August 31, 1995. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Remz, Jeffery (May 1, 1997). "Kim Richey hopes life is more sweet than bitter". Country Standard Time. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Harrington, Richard (July 28, 1999). "Kim Richey: 'Glimmer' Of Hope". Washington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Naylor, Brian (October 13, 2002). "Kim Richey". NPR. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (November 8, 2002). "Kim Richey: Rise: Lost Highway". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kim Richey - Chinese Boxes". No Depression. May 31, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Betts, Stephen (September 15, 2015). "Kim Richey Crafts a Beautiful 'Wreck'". The Boot. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Horowitz, Steve (April 25, 2013). "Kim Richey: Thorn in My Heart". PopMatters. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  12. ^ uncredited. "Kim Richey's Thorn In My Heart: The Work Tapes". Yep Rock Records. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  13. ^ uncredited. "Kim Richey's Edgeland". Yep Rock Records. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kim Richey - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kim Richey - Triple A Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Kim Richey - Country Singles". RPM. July 17, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Kim Richey - Adult Contemporary". RPM. July 17, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kim Richey - Come On (Album Version)". Play MPE. April 15, 2013.
  19. ^ "Kim Richey (feat. Chuck Prophet) - Whistle on Occasion". Play MPE. January 9, 2018.

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